November 7, 2014 – The Local 258 IBEW Executive Board has unanimously endorsed Sister Amber Hockin for President and Brother Aaron Ekman for Secretary-Treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour as they seek election to these leadership positions at the provincial labour body’s convention taking place at the end of November in Vancouver.
“Sister Hockin has shown exceptional leadership at many levels in our labour movement, and most recently as the Pacific Regional Director of the Canadian Labour Congress”, says Doug McKay, Business Manager/Financial Secretary for Local 258 IBEW. “We have known and worked with Amber for many years and can confirm she has a proven ability to bring people together to achieve goals that ultimately benefit our labour movementin moving forward. She has a realistic understanding of the challenges our labour movement has been facing and we are confident her vision for the future combined with her significant leadership skills will result in a strong and effective labour movement that will benefit all workers in British Columbia.”
Brother Aaron Ekman has also received unanimous endorsement from the Local’s Executive Board for the position of Secretary-Treasurer.
“Brother Ekman has a long history of activism in BC’s labour movement,” says Tony Brand, President of Local 258 IBEW. “We are impressed with his strong work ethic, his commitment, and his diverse set of leadership skills that are progressive and multi-faceted. Together with Sister Hockin, we are looking forward to Brother Ekman’s significant contributions to helping build a new era at the BC Federation of Labour.”
Support for Sister Hockin and Brother Ekman is strong with numerous endorsements from many of the Federation’s affiliate unions. The IBEW British Columbia Provincial Council, representing all five IBEW Locals in British Columbia – Local 258, Local 213, Local 1007, Local 993 and Local 230 – have also endorsed Sister Hockin and Brother Ekman.
“We look forward to sending our full complement of delegates to the Fed convention later this month to support these two exceptional leaders”, says Brother McKay. “We have known for a long time our Federation needs new leadership, and we look forward to actively engaging in the democratic voting process.”
The BC Federation of Labour biannual convention takes place in Vancouver from November 24th to 28th.
Local 258 IBEW provides quality representation for more than 4,000 members working in both the public and private sector, including BC’s electric utility industry, at private power line, utility arborist, traffic control and electrical manufacturing companies.